The New Forest was recently designated as Britain’s latest National Park. Its varied landscape is unique, and it is recognised as one of the most important lowland heath landscapes in Europe. Established over 900 years ago as a royal hunting park by William the Conqueror, somehow this fragile ecosystem has survived and it is now visited by more than 18 million visitors a year.
The history of the New Forest and the influence of Man over the centuries are all intrinsically linked to the landscape we see today. There are few places left in England where you can find such a diversity of habitats and flora and fauna. Passing from woodland to open heath, by mires or grassy lawns, beside streams or shingle shores, the beauty and wonder of the Forest is revealed in this stunning celebration of the Forest.
This is also a land which has inspired writers, artists, poets, and painters and this beautiful book acts as an introduction to the unique combination of natural beauty, tranquillity and peace which the New Forest has to offer.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 358 3, hardback, 230x215mm, 144 pages. Published July 2006. Reprinted May 2009.